WORLD: Did you have a specific goal that you wanted to achieve during your time in the monastery?
Pedro Bouzan: I used to feel like I was angry and nervous a lot. The Buddha's teaching also includes being free from physical and mental suffering. That's one of the things I wanted to work on. According to philosophy, happiness lies in stillness. Finding that was my goal.
WORLD: Was your life in the monastery accompanied by certain rules?
Bouzan: Yes, with many, very strict ones, since the monastery was of Theravāda tradition. It is the most original form of belief in Buddhism and has changed little over thousands of years. The monks follow 227 rules, but there are many more.